One of the most common Lenten traditions done by Roman Catholics during the Holy Week is the Visita Iglesia or church visits. Visita Iglesia or church visits is a devotion where the faithful visits seven or fourteen churches and recites the Stations of the Cross. For the Catholics, it is a way of meditating or reflecting on Jesus Christ’s passion.
In case you haven’t decided what churches you’ll be visiting for Visita Iglesia, we listed some churches can consider this coming Holy week for Visita Iglesia.
National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
National Shrine of the Divine Mercy is located at Marilao, Bulacan where the church is devoted to the Divine Mercy in the Philippines. In February 1992, the first Eucharist where the Feast of presentation of our Lady took place at this church.
The church has a model of the Cavalry with life-sized statues of the station of the cross at the back. The picture of Our Lady is enthroned at the Guadalupe church located at the church’s basement. You can pray at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes for good health. There is a little Poland Museum that the shrines offers, it features depictions of the house where Pope John Paul II lived, the Chapel where St. Faustina Kowalska had a vision of the Divine Mercy and the prison cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe where he was martyred.
Location: Marilao, Bulacan
National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
The Parish of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is the second parish that was established in Valenzuela City. It was established on March 7, 1961. It is the home of the National Pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima, the image of the first EDSA People Power revolution and the Asian and National Center of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF).
The church is also part of the three major pilgrimage in the Philippines namely: National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Marilao, National Shrine of St. Anne in Hagonoy and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. The church has been the center for a more sentimental, personal and closer relationship with the beloved Mother of Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary after her “said” appearance in Fatima, Portugal. During the Lenten season, paying off a visit to Mother Mary while her son, Jesus Christ, is crucified can be a way to soulfully spend the time of what we know as the “Holy Week.”
Shrine of Our Lady of Grace
The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace is the biggest in Caloocan city and its patron saint is patronized by devotees whose devotion to the Blessed Mother has become passionate and popular among people from all statures in life because many has indeed witnessed the graces and blessings in many ways.
But apart from the structure and its holy ambiance, people can also resort visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace for it is just an hour or two away from Manila City.
Location: Caloocan City
National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus
Originally known as Espiritu Santo Chinese Parish, the National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus or Saint Jude Parish is one of three Chinese parishes established in Metro Manila. Since 1959, the church have been devoted to the weekly Novena to St. Jude. Eventually, the practice became
very popular as students, board examination reviewees, and office workers, are among the devotees, as the Saint Jude Thaddeus is considered as patron saint of hopeless cases.
With all kinds of wishes and request for help to the seemingly hopeless problems, the National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus may be a great way to reach the heart of Jesus.
San Sebastian Church
The Basilica Menor de San Sebastian, better known as San Sebastian Church is well-known for its architectural features. The church is an example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the country and it is the only all-steel church in Asia where the materials was even imported from Belgium.
People may take it as a simple visit, but that simple visit is special as Gustave Eiffel, the engineer of Paris’ Eiffel Tower, is known to be part of the construction of the church. Plus,San Sebastian Church has been proclaimed to be a national historical landmark and is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
Quiapo Church is officially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the home of the Black Nazarene, a much recognized statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe possesses miraculous attributes. The church is also known as St. John the Baptist’s Parish.
Needless to know why you should visit it, the Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church has been prominently a devotion site for many years. The figure of Black Nazarene has been the center of miraculous happenings since it was brought to the country in the late 17th century.
Location: Quiapo, Manila
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National Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary
Popularly known as Sto. Domingo Church, the National Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary is known to be the largest among other churches in Metro Manila and one of the largest in Asia. Due to the influence of the Spanish colonization, Sto. Domingo church was built in a Modern Spanish style which makes it distinct from other churches in the Philippines.
Aside from the structure, there are also artistic displays in honor of the Filipino artistry. There are famous murals displayed on the church such as the mural of Carlos “Botong” Francisc located at the nave and the stained-glass windows were designed by Galo Ocampo.
Location: Quezon Ave., Quezon City
Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church
Surrounded by buildings and infrastructures, Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church is located in probably one of the most busy town, Makati City.
Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church is one of the oldest church in Makati with an age of more than 400 years old. With its age, it has gone through a lot of repairs and improvements after encountering the earthquake in 1882 and the fire in 1898 during the battle of the Filipinos against the Americans.
Location: Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City
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Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Before being recognized as a cathedral, Immaculate Conception Cathedral started off as a parish in 1950. In 2003, the parish has officially become a Cathedral after the Diocese of Cubao was created.
The church features an Italian-Romanesque style which is obviously seen on its outer physique.
Location: Cubao, Quezon City
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St. Joseph Parish Church
Las Piñas Church or popularly called as St. Joseph Parish Church is known as the home of world-famous bamboo organ of Las Piñas. Because of this, it has become a popular spot for tourists and locals to visit.
St. Joseph Parish was originally made out of bamboo since the staple product of Las Piñas was actually bamboo. It was founded by Fr. Diego Cera during the Spanish era, who also initiated the construction of the bamboo organ which is displayed in the church. As it is the oldest and largest bamboo organ in the world, Philippines have proclaimed it to be a National Historical Treasure in 2003.
Location: Quirino Ave., Las Piñas City
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